Peyto Lake is one of the breathtaking views on a nine-day journey through the Canadian Rockies.
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From its station in downtown Vancouver, B.C., the Canadian chugs through coastal forest, along the thundering rapids of Hell’s Gate, and past the snowy forehead of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies—panoramas visible through the windows of a glass-domed viewing car. As the train traverses the mountains, this nine-day journey stops on the Columbia Icefield, hundreds of feet thick, and at glacier-fed Peyto Lake before descending to the grassy prairies of Alberta. From $3,099.
Late November means the start of the Christmas market in Germany, among the largest and most beautiful examples of this tradition in all of Europe, where delicacies savory and sweet spill from decorated wooden stalls. During Uniworld’s eight-day cruise on the River Queen, travelers revel in the season’s cheer, sampling regional specialties along the way: gingerbread in Nuremberg, Frankfurt’s famed apple cider, and the fried-dough Schneebälle, or snowballs, of Rothenburg. From $2,349.
Treasures of Vietnam and Cambodia
Locals will tell you that the verdant limestone spires rising from the waters of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay number 1,969, the year of Ho Chi Minh’s death. In fact, there are some 3,000, and travelers on this 12-day tour spend a night floating among them on a Bhaya ship. In Cambodia, an elephant ride at Angkor Wat or Angkor Thom might have a similar sleepy rhythm. At a stop in the Vietnamese city of Hoi An, chef Trinh Diem Vy teaches students to cook fish in folded banana leaves. From $3,699.
The Nasrids were the last of the Moorish dynasties that occupied the Iberian Peninsula from the 13th to 15th centuries.Today’s travelers can experience their building mastery at the intricate Alhambra palace on this 10-day journey through Spain. From Madrid, swing through Andalusia and back north to Barcelona, where you’ll be wowed by Antoni Gaudí’s works, including La Sagrada Família. This famed church features treelike columns and carved lizards and turtles. From $1,925.
Photography by H. Mark Weidman Photography/Alamy (Rockies); Woodystock/Alamy ( Germany); Erasia Press/Photononstop/Corbis (Cambodia); Travelstock44/Alamy (Spain)
This article was first published in May 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.
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